Miguel Angel Centeno




Miguel Angel Centeno is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University. He obtained his BA in History in 1980, his MBA in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1990, all from Yale University.

He has published many articles, chapters, and books. These include Democracy within Reason: Technocratic Revolution in Mexico (2nd. 1997), Blood and Debt: War and Statemaking in Latin America (2002), The Other Mirror: Grand Theory and Latin America, (2000), and Essays in Latin American Military History (2006), as well as articles in Theory and Society, the American Journal of Sociology, the Latin American Research Review, the Annual Review of Sociology, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. His latest publications are Global Capitalism (Polity 2010) and Discrimination in an Unequal World (Oxford UP 2010). Republics of the Possible: Statemaking in the Iberian World will be published by Cambridge UP in 2013 and War and Society by Polity in 2014. Through the Mapping Globalization project he has worked on improving the quantitative scholarship available on globalization. (http://www.princeton.edu/globalization/). He is one of the founders of the Princeton Network on State Building in the Developing World. (https://deptbedit.princeton.edu/statebuilding/). In 2000, he founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program, which provides intensive supplemental training for lower income students in local high schools. (http://pupp.princeton.edu/) From 2003 to 2007, he served as the founding Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. From 1997-2004 he also served as Master of Wilson College at Princeton. In 2009-2010, he also served as Acting Director of the Princeton Program in Latin American Studies. He has been a Faculty Fellow of the Princeton Society of Fellows since 2011. Beginning in 2012, he will serve as Chair of the Sociology Department.

He has received grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and has been a Fulbright scholar in Russia and Mexico. He has also been a Visiting Professor in Buenos Aires, Seoul, and the University of Salamanca. In 1997 he was awarded the Presidential Teaching Prize at Princeton University. He has also been awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the Bonner Foundation Award, and the MLK Journey Award. In 2005 he was elected to the Sociological Research Association as well as the Comparative Historical Section Council of the ASA.

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The Paradoxes of War teaches us to understand that war is not only a normal part of human existence, but is arguably one of the most important factors in making us who we are. Through this course, I hope that you will come to appreciate that war is both a natural expression of common human emotions and interactions and a constitutive part of how we cohere as groups.

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